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Victoria Osborne
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Driving - Ridiculous Request
by Victoria Osborne on July 17th, 2012

For the past three years I have been reading, sometimes with mild amusement, complaints about everything from loud music to renegade cats. I am generally a "live and let live" kind of person, but in the interest of neighborhood harmony we abide by the rules and regulations even when I think they are over the top.

But my husband had an experience today which blows my mind.

He drives a yellow Porsche 911 convertible. It is rather loud - but only because they are all rather loud. He also obeys ALL of the driving rules, including the one-way alleys, and does not speed in the neighborhood because 1. it makes the car even louder and 2. it is illegal and dangerous.

Here is what my husband said: "I passed a guy coming the other way on Littlefield only to find that he turned in the alley by our house and was coming the wrong way up the alley to flag me down. He asked me not to drive on Littlefield any more because while I was probably not speeding I was making them nervous when their children were playing out front."

WHAT?!?!?! Now we are going to dictate which roads people with certain cars can and cannot use? This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Here is an idea: how about some of the people on Littlefield actually using their garages so that the street is not dangerously crowded?

So sorry, but no. We will not drive completely around the block every time we return home. Since we are on the corner, we could avoid Littlefield all together by simply driving the wrong way up the alley for the 20 feet it takes to reach our driveway (like our friendly neighbor did). But that is against the rules.

Come on people -
 
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lilyrose
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Driving - Ridiculous Request
by lilyrose on July 17th, 2012

I rarely post because sometimes the tone in these forums does degenerate.

Victoria, I will pm you.

meanwhile, I would like to say that, I greatly appreciate you and your husband taking the time to drive the correct way down the alleys. and the only thing that has made me nervous for my small child (as well as for myself!) are cars that speed in and out of the alleys, especially when going around intersections.

(before this turns into an argument over cars versus people in alleys, as I have thought in the past reading other posts, I think that works both ways: cars should drive slow and watch out for people, and people and children playing should also be as observant as possible. let's all be neighborly and look out for each other.)
 
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Grace
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Driving - Ridiculous Request
by Grace on July 17th, 2012

I think we all sometimes forget to work on our own behaviors and habits instead of asking others to change their behavior to suit our preferences. We've chosen to live in an urban environment and perhaps need to work on adapting to it.
 
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Victoria Osborne
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Driving - Ridiculous Request
by Victoria Osborne on July 17th, 2012

Thanks, ladies - I regretted my tone very quickly after hitting "enter," but c'est la vie. We do our best to abide by the rules, and I know that the vast majority of the neighborhood does as well, and we appreciate it.

We love seeing all of the kids playing around, especially since ours is grown, so it just seemed a bit jarring that we might be doing something to disturb them by simply driving down the street.

Sigh. Well, that's my rant for the year. Will have to save the one about the POA Architectural review process for next summer.
 
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Curtis LaFaitte
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Driving - Ridiculous Request
by Curtis LaFaitte on July 17th, 2012

Hello Victoria! I hope we get the chance to meet each other very soon. I, too, am a victim of the unfortunate stereotyping that our society has cast. Not too long ago, one of the MC bloggers chastized me for my car. I bought it brand new and new in 2004 for it's established safety record and gas efficiency (29-39 mpg hwy) and have since paid it off and love not having a car pmt, especially since beung w/o a job for 6 months. The neighbor called my car a 'socially immoral' brand. I had never heard of BMW referred to in that manner. Another referred to me as 'You think you are better than me cause you druve a BMW!". I replied, "No, I do not". So I know what it's like to be bullied. Bullying knows no boundaries. All we can do is stand right back up, dust ourselves off, and contunue to try ti make a positive difference in this crazy, yet beautiful world. I world. PM me and I would love to have ya'll over for cocktails this week. Cheers!
 
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Curtis LaFaitte
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Driving - Ridiculous Request
by Curtis LaFaitte on July 17th, 2012

And my apologies for all the typos. My phone's auto correct app is posessed!
 
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Adamelama
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Driving - Ridiculous Request
by Adamelama on July 18th, 2012

As a home owner on Camacho, I see that yellow Porsche all the time driving down the alley and he is always cautious and very alert to my son and I playing in the alley. I have never seen him speeding and I commend him for obeying the alley rules by turning in the right way every time.
 
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pgarrison
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Driving - Ridiculous Request
by pgarrison on July 18th, 2012

I read your post and actually thought it was a joke - who could seriously tell someone not to drive down 'their' street. After a good chuckle, I realized you were serious. My partner and I drove down Littlefield. It's a short street and I can easily understand why some would be nervous. Seems those homes must not have garages because both sides of the street were filled with vehicles. I thought there is a requirement that residents are not to park on the streets, but what do I know? Anyway, I'm certain there is not a neighborhood restriction on who can drive where - only one-way alleys and a few one-way streets.

I think it would be nice to get together for drinks to chat about this topic, speed hump/bumps, and a few others - especially the POA architectural committee.
 
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misselaine
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Driving - Ridiculous Request
by misselaine on July 19th, 2012

Yes, a ridiculous request. "Could you slow down a bit?" "Could you turn your music down when you pull up?" "Could you not rev your engine?" Those, I think, would be a reasonable requests.

Someone posted an awesome article a while ago on how to slow traffic down. One dependable way is to have cars parked on either side of the road. Yes, the visibility is worse, but the traffic is slower. I am now glad that we have lots of cars parked outside on our street unlike most of the bare roads around here. Cars really don't fly down our street. Maybe it's a good thing that not everyone parks in the garage.

BMW socially immoral? Funny. I would think Hummer might fit that category.
 
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Rahm McDaniel
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Driving - Ridiculous Request
by Rahm McDaniel on July 19th, 2012

Misselaine, you make a great point about how street parking calms traffic, and better reflects the New Urbanist Planning intent.

In fact, the reason why we have a speeding problem at the East end of McCloskey from the pool to Berkman is because nobody parks on the street there.
 
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